Lawsuit revived in on Ohio township's meetings

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A lawsuit challenging a township's practice of holding informal gatherings before official public meetings is headed back to a southwest Ohio court.

An Ohio 12th District Court of Appeals judge ruled that the lawsuit was dismissed prematurely by a Warren County court. He sent it back to resolve conflicting testimony on whether Clearcreek Township trustees are violating state open meetings law.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/15vh4P7 ) that township officials defend the practice of having informal gatherings in the administrator's office ahead of the twice-monthly township meetings.

Township administrator Dennis Pickett says his office door is open as township trustees come in and out to prepare for the meetings.

The lawsuit filed by a township resident says the "pre-meeting meetings" are illegal because public business is discussed by a trustee majority.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com

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